CBS had a chance to protect the Week 15 game between the Broncos and the Patriots from being moved into prime time on the evening of December 18. CBS didn’t protect the Week 15 game between the Broncos and the Patriots from being moved into prime time on the evening of December 18.
And that’s where the logic collapses like a Jenga tower on the Orca. The NFL soon will announce that the Ravens-Chargers game currently set for 8:20 p.m. ET on December 18 will remain the Sunday night game.
Multiple reports indicated that NBC wanted to move the Patriots-Broncos game into the evening time slot, but that CBS wanted to not lose another Tebowmania game. In Week 13, Broncos-Vikings was moved from CBS, due to a lack of 1:00 p.m. ET games on FOX after Lions-Saints moved from the early slot to the evening position.
It’s unknown how the dispute was resolved, and why CBS essentially received a Mulligan after not initially protecting the game from being flexed. The Denver Post has reported that Patriots owner Robert Kraft was lobbying for the game to stay on CBS.